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Living With Tinnitus

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Exercise can:

  • Lower stress
  • Improve your sleep
  • Fight depression

If you're just getting started, ask your doctor or a fitness expert for guidance and start slowly. Walking is a great way to begin.

Join a support group. Talking with other people with the same condition can help you feel less alone. You'll also learn different approaches for coping with tinnitus.

Protect your hearing. Loud noise is a common cause of tinnitus. It can also make your symptoms worse for a short time.

Here are some ways to protect yourself from our noisy world:

  • Keep music at 60% of full volume or lower when using earbuds. Don't listen for more than 60 minutes at one time.
  • Wear ear plugs at concerts, loud restaurants, or other loud events. If you can't hear someone standing an arm's length away, it's loud enough to cause hearing damage and make tinnitus worse.
  • Use ear plugs or earmuffs when cutting the grass, using power tools, or using snow or leaf blowers.
  • Always use ear protection in a noisy workplace.

Treat other health problems. Tinnitus can be a side effect of some illnesses. Staying up to date on treatments may ease the ringing in your ears.

Ask your doctor whether any of these conditions might be a cause of the ringing in your ears:

  • Thyroid disorders
  • High blood pressure
  • Lyme disease
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Ear wax buildup
  • Jaw misalignment

Also talk with your doctor about the medicines you take. Some can cause tinnitus as a side effect.

Get used to tinnitus. It may seem hard to believe, but learning to ignore your tinnitus can help you cope with it.

Follow these suggestions:

  • Try not to notice the ringing or buzzing.
  • Keep yourself distracted with work and favorite activities.
  • Learn which coping techniques work for you and practice them regularly.

Over time, you may find that you get used to tinnitus, and the sounds in your head no longer bother you.

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Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario, MD on December 20, 2012

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